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Jerry Reed, Director of SPRC Each month, SPRC Director Jerry Reed will offer his perspective on a current issue in suicide prevention. Jerry, who has been working in the field of suicide prevention since 1997 and with SPRC since 2008, brings to his role significant experience in advocacy and public policy, a 15-year career as a civil servant with the Department of the Army, and experience working directly with the U.S. Congress. Jerry’s professional interest in the field of suicide prevention started as a result of his work in the Office of Senator Harry Reid. The Director’s Corner occasionally features guest columns by distinguished members of the suicide prevention community.

Zero Suicide

Posted by

Jerry Reed, SPRC

on December 6, 2013

For the past four years, SPRC has served as the Executive Secretariat for the Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. The Alliance and its task forces have accomplished a great deal of important work during this period. Today, I would like to use this opportunity to focus on one of the Action Alliance’s priorities: Transform health care systems to significantly reduce suicide...

90 Percent

Posted by

Jerry Reed, SPRC

on November 7, 2013

In September I attended the International Association for Suicide Prevention 2013 World Congress in Oslo, Norway. More than 800 delegates were in attendance. Several of the speakers addressed an issue that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: the often quoted statistic that more than 90 percent of suicides are associated with mental illness or a substance use disorder. Several speakers...

Beyond Rhetoric: Does It Get Better?

Posted by

Stephen Russell, University of Arizona, Member, SPRC Steering Committee
Guest Columnist

on October 4, 2013

Everything changed when the attention of the media was captured by several highly visible youth suicides that seemed to be directly linked to homophobic bullying. Suddenly the public was aware of LGBT youth and bullying, as well as the implications of bullying for mental health and suicide. This has been a major cultural shift from silence (arguably denial) to dramatic public, media, and...

Guest Post: The Enduring Legacy of My Son, Garrett

Posted by on September 9, 2013

Today, September 9, brings to mind some of the most wonderful times in my life and also the saddest. You see, on this day 32 years ago, my precious son Garrett came into my wife Sharon’s and my life. He was a beautiful baby who soon grew into a kind and generous boy. However, this same day 10 years ago was the first time Sharon and I awoke with the knowledge that Garrett no longer was on...

Suicide in the Middle Years

Posted by on July 8, 2013

In May, researchers from the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control reported that “the annual, age-adjusted suicide rate among persons aged 35-64 years increased 28.4 percent, from 13.7 per 100,000 population in 1999 to 17.6 in 2010.”  The large increase in the suicide rate of those in the middle years contrasted sharply with the relatively small...